You don’t have to be a nail artist to have reliable manicure hacks that actually work. Doing your nails can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 with these awesome tips and tricks you should keep in mind whenever you do your nails!
Proven And Tested Manicure Hacks To Live By
Many people I meet complain about how costly it is to get their nails done. There’s the price of maintenance to consider plus the rate of getting a really good nail art. The charge for the services, however, shouldn’t hinder anyone from having well-groomed nails. There are many manicure hacks you can do in the comfort of your own home without having to spend a small fortune.
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Chipped nails are unsightly! No matter how careful we try to be, broken nails will always be part of our lives. The good news is you only need three items to fix them: acrylic powder and liquid, brush, and clear base coat polish. For a tutorial on how to fix your broken nails, read this.
Your hands and nails need all the TLC so pamper and give it nourishment. Hot oil manicure is a good relaxing treatment. Take equal parts of olive, castor, jojoba and grape seed oils together with Vitamin E, and heat them for just 10 seconds. Set this aside. Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Rub a lime on your nails then apply on the nails and nail beds the heated oil mixture.
The stains on your nails are nasty! Good thing you don’t have to live with it. All you need are toothpaste and a nail brush (or an old toothbrush you no longer use). Get your nails as clean as you can then apply toothpaste on the nails. Carefully brush them. If there are more stains left, repeat the process again.
Gel nail polish are amazing because they last up to 3 weeks. Removing them is another story. You need not go to the salon though or damage your nails in the process as there’s an easy way to do it at home. You just have to file the top off, soak nails in acetone, wrap them in foil, wait for 15 minutes and remove with a pusher. Check this full tutorial on how to remove gel nail polish.
We know white is a good base for basically any nail art there is. But did you know that having a white nail polish base makes a neon nail art more vibrant? White makes the neon color look more alive without the need to apply tons of coats.
Do you want gel manicure but don’t have time to go to the nail salon? Then, do it in your home. Getting a gel nail polish kit like this New Gelish Harmony Complete Starter from Amazon is a good investment. Check this DIY tutorial on how to do gel manicure to see just how easy it is.
Letters on your nails are just the cutest, right? The process is actually a lot simpler than you think. Take white nail polish as a base coat. Cut newspaper into small pieces just enough to cover your nails then soak them in alcohol. Place the soaked cut-outs onto your nails until the image has completed adhered to the nails. Finish with top coat. Here’s a detailed tutorial for this hack.
Why limit yourself to using nail products when there are other materials you can use for your nail art? Welcome the Sharpie! These multi-colored markers are so easy to handle that it can give you the defined design you want. Just look at these Sharpie nail art and be amazed!
Ombre nails is another nail art that super popular these days. Did you know that achieving the effect is made possible by a sponge? Just dab the sponge painted with layers of colors onto the nails to get the design. Here’s an ombre nail art you can definitely do!
Don’t you just hate it when you apply glitter polish on your nails and they scatter around unevenly? Well, there’s a surefire way to fill your nails entirely with glitter. All you’ll need is a small makeup sponge, and you’ll have the best glitter manicure ever!
Gel polish is the best base for chrome nails. However, if you can’t get your hands on them, then you can use normal polish for the base. Maintaining its mirror effect, however can get a bit tricky. No worries, though. You can use a water-based top coat to keep that shine going.
Coffin and stiletto nails are extremely pretty. However, it can be hard to maintain them especially when your daily activities involve the use of your fingers. No fear because you can use everyday objects to your benefit. There are several ways to move around without damaging your nails like using your knuckles, tweezers to pick up stuff and even cards to scoop things up.
Nail chipping is one of the most annoying thing any nail enthusiast will face. Good thing there are ways to avoid it as much as possible. If you have enough cash to spare then get yourself a gel or shellac manicure to make it last weeks without chipping. However, you can also follow these tips instead. They might not last as long as the gel manicure but you ca enjoy them up to a week longer than the usual. You just need to find the best base coat and top coat.
14. Manicure Hacks | Perfect Nail Shape
The root of having good-looking nails begin with the perfect nail shape. There are several shapes you can create. First is round, which is ideal for those with short nails. Square is another type, which is where all the sides of your nails are parallel to each other. A mix between the two shapes would be square with rounded corners. It looks more natural than the square shape. The fourth is the oval. It’s ideal for long nails. Then there’s the square oval; a mix between the two shapes. The almond comes next, which is good if the edges of your nails are not parallel. The pointed stilettos, meanwhile, is suitable for very long nails. There’s the edge, which is only possible when done with false nails. Finally, there’s the pipe, which is another crossbreed between the square and almond.
15. Manicure Hacks | Prepping Nails
Prepping your nails is no rocket science. It’s super easy! The first thing to do is to clean those nails using a cotton ball dipped in polish remover. The, push back your cuticles and shape the hangnails. Remember, do not cut the cuticles! Clip the nails to the length of your choice, shape and smoothen rough edges using an emery board, and buff the surface of the nails. Finally, apply rubbing alcohol to remove excess oils.
16. Manicure Hacks | Nail Whitening Soak
Whiter nails are achievable using some of your basic household items. Mix ½ cup warm water, 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Soak those nails in the mixture for a minute or more, and you’re done.
17. Manicure Hacks | DIY Cuticle Cure
Cuticles are on the nails for a reason; it protect nails from bacteria. So it’s only wise to take care of them too. Thus, the cuticle cure. Start with soaking your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Push the cuticle back. Apply to the nail beds and cuticle a mixture of 3 tablespoon of lotion and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, which was heated for 30 seconds. Cover them with gloves (or clean socks). Do this routine just before hitting the bed.
18. Manicure Hacks | Polish Application
Start the process with clean nails. Apply a base coat to prevent chipping or staining. Let that dry first. Place a drop of nail polish at the center, just a little above the cuticle. Push the drop down but make sure to leave a gap between the color and cuticle. From there, move the brush upward all the way to the end of the nail. Go back to the base and brush the polish on the curves of the nails all the way to the very top. Do the same thing on the other side. If you need to apply more polish, do a second or third coat. Finish off with top coat.
19. Manicure Hacks | Perfect Polish
Do you want your manicure to have that extra glow after applying your nail design? The secret is in Auquaphor or Vaseline petroleum jelly! Dip the cotton bud in either of those two products. Apply them around the nails and NOT ON the nails. Once the nail polish is dry, you can also apply rub in some lotion for that perfect polish finish!
20. Manicure Hacks | Iced Water Soak To Speed Up Drying
Waiting for your nails to dry can get boring. Why wait then if you can speed up the process. Just pour really cold water (like really, really cold) in a container and place some ice cube. After you’re done painting your nails, dip them in the container for about 3 minutes.
21. Manicure Hacks | No Hot Water For 12 Hours
Your manicure may look dry to you but you can’t take chances. Avoid washing your hands with hot water within 12 hours after getting your manicure. Heat has some effect on the “curing process,” which may lead to cracking or even smudging.
22. Manicure Hacks | Make Polish Last Longer With Vinegar
Cleaning your nails with distilled vinegar just before applying the nail polish can actually make it last longer. After prepping your nails, take a cotton ball drenched in distilled vinegar and apply it to the nails. Remember to take your time and carefully rub it.
23. Manicure Hacks | Cold Nail Polish
Have you noticed how smooth the nail polish at the salons look when your nail artist applies it? The trick is in its temperature. Place your nail polish inside the fridge for about 15 minutes before application. The coolness will make the application look smoother.
24. Manicure Hacks | Removing Excess Nail Polish
Your nail polish application will never be perfect. Don’t worry about the excess as you can easily remove it. Dip a pointed brush tool on the nail polish remover. Carefully work your way around the cuticle to remove excess nail polish. If there’s too many excess, remember to wipe your brush clean from time to time to avoid spreading the excess color.
25. Manicure Hacks | Smudge Nail Polish Fix
Imagine getting out of the salon with perfectly manicured nails, then boom! You hit your nails with something and you’ve smudged it. What a bummer! Relax. You can fix it. Just get a smudge fixer, apply to the area, and you have a clean slate.
26. Manicure Hacks |Elmer’s Glue As Peel-Off
There are plenty of peel-off coat available to help get rid of the mess after doing a nail art. However, if you ran out of this product, you can simply DIY. Dilute Elmer’s glue in a small amount of water. Apply then on the skin around your nails just before you do your design. Once done, peel off the glue and your nails and hands are all pretty!
27. Manicure Hacks | Polish Remover In A Jar
Taking off your nail polish isn’t so hard, right? Well, it’s another story when you’re in a hurry. Good thing there are nail polish in a jar where you only have to dip your fingernails and they’re clean as new. To DIY, get a mason jar with a screw on lid. Place in it a sponge cut into lengthwise and roll the two pieces together into a swirl-like configuration. Pour nail polish remover into the jar. Make sure you have enough to soak the sponge. Dip your fingers in it. Then, voila! They’re clean. You can put the lid back on and use the nail polish remover dip again next time.
28. Manicure Hacks | Natural Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish remover doesn’t cost much. Nonetheless, if you want to create an all-natural product, here’s something you can do. Take equal parts of lemon juice and vinegar in a bowl. Soak in it a few cotton balls. Wrap nails with the soaked cotton balls for about 30 seconds then rub off the polish. Here’s how you can do it.
29. Manicure Hacks | DIY Peel-Off Base Coat
It’s a whole lot easier to remove your nail polish if you use a peel-off base coat. All you have to do is use a plastic cuticle pusher to gently lift the color. In case you’re short on budget for a store bough peel-off base coat, use Elmer’s glue as an alternative. Pour the glue in a clean empty nail polish bottle. Apply the glue on the nails. Once it dries, do your own nail art magic.
30. Manicure Hacks | Nail Polish Thinner
Don’t throw away your thickened nail polish since you can still totally salvage them! Apply about 3 drops of nail polish thinner to the thickened nail polish. Roll the bottle to mix. Now, you have one that’s good as new! Here’s a polish thinner you will absolutely like.
31. Manicure Hacks | Rubber Band French Tip
Having a hard time perfecting your French tip? Use a rubber band next time to define the lines. Knot the rubber in the middle at least three times. Place one end of the knotted rubber band on the part of the nail where you want the tip. The other end is attached to another finger for control. Apply the color while the rubber band is in place.
32. Manicure Hacks | Band-Aid French Tip
You can also use band aids to define the line of your French tip. Just take the band aid and attach it to the part of the nail where you want the line. Paint the nails, and you have a perfect tip!
33. Manicure Hacks | Dotting Tool
Don’t fret if you don’t have the dotting tool you need for a nail art. There are many items inside your home that can work as an alternative. First, there’s the cotton bud, which does just fine in giving you those dots. You can also use toothpicks, bobby pins, tips of pencils or pens, and even match sticks. Using a straight pin can be done as well. Attach this to a pencil eraser and you’re good to go.
34. Manicure Hacks | DIY Matte Nail Polish
Matte nail polish are so hot right now! There are matte nail polishes available but we can always DIY. Get a pinch of cornstarch and mix it with a clear top coat. Apply this mix to your painted nails to give you an instant matte finish.
35. Manicure Hacks | Fish Net Nails
The lines may make you dizzy but fishnet nails are easy to hack. Paint your nails with a base coat in a color of your choice (many prefer black). Once dry, attach a fish net over the nails. Generously apply another color of choice on a sponge and dab the sponge on the nails. Easy, right?
36. Manicure Hacks | Clipping Nails
When clipping nails, make sure your finger tips are wet and the clippers itself are wet. This makes the trimming a whole lot easier. Plus, the nails won’t be flying off anywhere.
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Manicure hacks are very helpful to achieve those pretty nails. Try these tips and see how beautiful your manicure would look!
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Originally posted on March 16, 2017 @ 6:40 am